Absa Premiership

Chiefs, Pirates legends pay respects

2015-09-01 09:17
Soweto derby

Cape Town - The Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs legends played at the Oppenheimer Stadium on Sunday, August 30.

Both teams played to a 1-1 draw with the game as a remembrance of the 42 supporters that died in the Orkney disaster back on January 13, 1991 and was dubbed the worst sporting accident in South Africa.

The referee had upheld a goal scored by the Chiefs, and supporters of the Pirates objected.

Pirates fans threw cans and fruit at Chiefs fans, and allegedly some knife-wielding Pirates fans attacked Chiefs fans.

In the stampede, panicking fans trying to escape the brawls were trampled or crushed to death against riot-control fences.

According to the Kaizer Chiefs website, legend Wellington Manyathi was part of the squad during the 1991 incident.

“It was nice and sad at the same time when we laid the flowers,” said Manyathi.

"Sad for the families of the deceased and for what happened on that day, but it was nice that we remembered the fallen.

"We should actually do this every year, just out of respect."

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